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22 Irish Experiences for 2022

Ireland's welcomes await you.

Ireland has reopened – and at CIE Tours, we’re ready to give you the heartiest of Irish welcomes. Come with us and experience Ireland as only CIE Tours can show you. Feel the mist on your face as you sip an Irish Coffee at the highest cliffs in Europe, raise a toast to new friends at a 1,000-year-old pub, or learn about the capital’s history with a private after-hours entry to the Little Museum of Dublin. Here are a few experiences topping our wish list of things to do in Ireland in 2022. 

1. Feel the wind on your face as you stand atop the highest sea cliffs in Europe – Slieve League in Donegal. In a CIE Tours exclusive, you can sip a creamy Irish coffee as you take in the incredible view. Recommended tour: Irish Explorer

2. Sit in the old-style Muckross Schoolhouse and take a fun Irish language lesson the way your grandmother might have! You can practice your cúpla focal (few words) afterward when your group enjoys a private dinner with traditional entertainment. It's a CIE Tours exclusive. Recommended tour: Best of Ireland South

3. Pull up a chair by the fire and settle in for a storytelling session at O’Connor’s Famous Pub in Galway’s seaside suburb of Salthill. Once you’re there, you might find it familiar – it was a filming location for Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl video. (The fiddle used in the video is still behind the bar!) The experience is a CIE Tours exclusive. Recommended tour: Irish Pub Tour

4. Get a perspective on Irish history like no other with a visit to Glasnevin National Cemetery. The world’s first cemetery museum, it’s a veritable Who’s Who for the Irish nation. One-and-a-half million people are buried here, including many of Ireland's heroes: Daniel O'Connell, Michael Collins, Eamon De Valera, Maud Gonne and so many more. Recommended tour: Irish Heritage

5. Try some of the distinctive ice cream flavors at Murphy’s Ice Cream in Dingle – all made with milk from local Kerry cows. With offerings like Irish Orange Marmalade, Irish Brown Bread, Dingle Sea Salt, and Irish Coffee, you’re sure to find something to love. Recommended tour: Jewels of Ireland

6. Raise a glass to slake your thirst as patrons have for centuries at Europe’s oldest pub, Sean’s Bar in Athlone. Recommended tour: Scottish and Irish Gold

7. Grab your hard hat for a surprising look at history and local life on a tour of the Arigna Mining Experience. A former coal miner will be your guide as you learn about the lives and struggles of those who worked the tunnels. Recommended tour: Irish Spirit

8. Discover the Victorian charm of Blakes of the Hollow Pub, a CIE Tours exclusive venue. Famed author John McGahern once called it “one of the happiest and most beautiful bars” in all of Ireland. While you're there, check out the handcrafted “Game of Thrones” door, carved from a fallen tree of the Dark Hedges. Recommended tour: Irish Explorer

9. Cozy up by the turf fire under the thatched roof of Crosskeys Inn – this stone-walled pub dates back to 1654 and is a CIE Tours Exclusive. Recommended tour: Evergreen Ireland North

10. Stroll along Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile from castle to cathedral as you spend free time in this charming little city. Recommended tour: Evergreen Ireland South

11. Walk among the picturesque ruins of Glendalough, a monastery founded in the sixth century, seeing its round tower, decorated crosses, and stone churches. Recommended tour: Irish Adventure

12. Hear traditional music as you sip your drink at the 300-year-old Marine Bar in Dungarvan. Owned by musician Christy O’Neill, it was once a favorite haunt of Liam Clancy of the legendary Clancy Brothers, who lived nearby and often came in to sing. CIE Tours Exclusive -Recommended Tour: Irish Gold

13. Visit magnificent Malahide Castle, home for 700 years to generations of the Talbot family, descendants of an English knight who was granted the estate in 1185. Tour the rooms to discover the extraordinary history of this beautiful castle and the role it played in Irish political and social life.  Recommended tour: Irish Spirit.

14. Feel the presence of history as you dine in Dublin’s Church Café Bar and Restaurant. It’s housed in a beautifully converted old church in the city center. This remarkable building is where brewer Arthur Guinness got married, playwright Sean O’Casey was baptized, and Handel practiced the organ before the first-ever public performance of his Messiah in 1742. Recommended tour: Irish Pub Tour

15. Dip into the Irish craft beer scene as you taste a flight of local brews at the Walled City Brewery, a family-owned establishment located in a former army barracks in the historic heart of Derry. It's a CIE Tours exclusive venue. Recommended tour: Mystical Ireland

16. See some of the world’s finest thoroughbreds on a visit to the Irish National Stud in Kildare, the heart of Ireland's racing industry. Follow your visit with the horses with a serene stroll through its beautiful Japanese-style gardens. Recommended tour: Irish Heritage

17. Visit Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, and a traditional stronghold of traditional Irish culture and language. You’ll see the rugged stone walls and thatched cottages, and visit Dun Aengus, a magnificent prehistoric fort on the edge of a 100-meter cliff. Recommended tour: Irish Legends

18. Explore the experience of Irish emigrants of centuries past at the Dunbrody Famine Ship. It’s a replica of a vessel that carried Irish refugees to North America as they fled the Famine in the 1840s.  Recommended tour: Irish Adventure

19. Visit the home of Belleek Pottery, the distinctive fine china often adorned with shamrocks and beloved by collectors worldwide. The award-winning visitor center will let you discover how master craftsmen have handed down the art of making these delicate pieces since the company’s founding in 1857. Recommended tour: Jewels of Ireland

20. Stroll the streets of historic Kinsale with a local guide. Today, this picturesque harbor town is a haven for foodies and art lovers, but its fascinating, centuries-long past includes a siege by the Spanish Armada. Suggested tour: Southern Gems

21. Visit the Irish Whiskey Museum for a private tour and tasting of Ireland’s iconic spirit – and listen to a lively traditional band playing just for your group as you relax over a drink and finger foods. A CIE Tours exclusive. Recommended tour: Irish Pub Tour

22. Hear fascinating tales of the Irish around the world on a visit to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum – an award-winning, high-tech attraction that details the journeys of the Irish diaspora and the stories of their new lives abroad. Recommended tour: Irish Spirit

Ireland Tours

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Taste of Ireland

Starting from $1,235

5/7 Days

This fast-paced, short-and-sweet Ireland tour is the perfect introduction to the Emerald Isle. Taste of Ireland hits all of the "greatest hits" highlights—from Blarney Castle to the Cliffs of…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Best of Ireland South

Starting from $1,375

6/8 Days

Give us a week, and we'll tour the best of Ireland with you. Thrill at the amazing Cliffs of Moher and the gorgeous Dingle Peninsula on this perfect introduction to the Emerald Isle. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Southern Gems

Starting from $1,990

7 Days

Visit many beloved highlights of Ireland: Dublin Castle, Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher. Experience a medieval castle banquet.  Stay in two of Ireland's most charming towns: Kinsale and…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Irish Spirit

Starting from $1,645

8/9 Days

This leisurely Irish tour covers the spectacular scenery of the countryside and seaside, with plenty of stops in the Emerald Isle's vibrant towns to stop and explore.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

The Irish Pub Tour

Starting from $1,930

8/9 Days

Irish pubs are the hearts of their communities—a source of camaraderie, stories, and song. Raise a glass (or two!) to rich pub culture and history on this guided tour of Ireland, which offers…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Irish Gold

Starting from $1,920

8/9 Days

Take your time on this Ireland tour, which explores the most acclaimed sights in the south and west, including the mountainous beauty of Connemara.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Irish Legends

Starting from $2,055

9/10 Days

Delve into Ireland and its past on this tour, which mixes in plenty of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path sights among the tried-and-true favorites. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Irish Classic

Starting from $3,220

13 Days

Skirt along the entire rugged coastline to see the highlights on this Ireland tour. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Jewels of Ireland

Starting from $3,250

14/15 Days

Enjoy the splendor of every corner on this leisurely Ireland tour of the essential—and the unexpected.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Ireland South Daytripper

Starting from $1,815

7 Days

Turn your Irish vacation into a staycation. Set up your home base in the lovely village of Adare, then set out on day trips to see some of Ireland's top attractions. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Irish Adventure with Driver

Starting from $4,420

9 Days

Your dedicated driver/guide will bring you around the entire island, sharing a wealth of stories along the way. Discover Glendalough, the Giant’s Causeway, and the Cliffs of Moher. Stay in Dublin…

Independent Adventures

Belfast City Hall

Evergreen Ireland North with Driver

Starting from $3,080

7 Days

See Donegal, the Giant’s Causeway, charming Carlingford, and so much more as your private driver/guide shows you Ireland’s northern half.

Independent Adventures

Irish Explorer with Driver

Starting from $5,610

10 Days

See the beauty of the Atlantic coastline as your specialist driver/guide gives you all the local lore. You’ll stay two nights each in mountainous Donegal, vibrant Galway, and friendly Killarney.…

Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle with Driver

Starting from $5,875

8 Days

Relax as you travel from Limerick to Killarney, Waterford, Dublin and back. Your dedicated driver/guide will show you all the sights and regale you with history and lore. Finish this classic tour…

Independent Adventures

Irish Odyssey with Driver

Starting from $6,455

12 Days

Explore gorgeous scenery and get the inside story on it all from your specialist driver/guide as you circle the entire island on this comprehensive tour. Visit Kylemore Abbey, the Giant’s Causeway…

Independent Adventures

Taste of Ireland with Driver

Starting from $3,365

7 Days

See the top Irish highlights on this short-and-sweet Ireland tour. Your expert driver/guide will show you the Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, and so much more.

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